Beer is indeed one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in the world.
However, useful and interesting facts about beer are known only to a few.
Here are 9 things worth knowing about beer:
1. Beer is 90 to 95 percent water - Water is the main ingredient in beer, hence beer, like our bodies, is mostly water. In fact, it’s so important that the differences in the water (from different locations) end up as differences in beer. Sometimes these differences affect deeply the taste of the beer. So, some beers are earthier, some are bitter, while a few others are juicier. The water used for making beer must be excessively monitored, and frequently filtered to eliminate any unpleasantness. Post filtration, sometimes the water requires modification. This concern about water is of special importance for mobile breweries that make good-quality beer in small batches on a budget.
2. There’s something about Marijuana - The bittering agent in beer, ie. Hops are the flowers of the hop plant Humulus lupulus which is a member of the hemp family. Hops are also closely related to marijuana. However, they do not have the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana.
3. Ales versus Lagers - The two main branches of the beer family, ales and lagers are fermented by the ale yeast and lager yeast at warmer and cooler temperatures respectively. Ales are often dark in color, while lagers are mostly a pale to medium color. A specially fermented lager, namely, King Cobra Premium Malt is a robust, premium malt liquor with a distinct flavor. While the ales are stored for a couple of weeks at room temperature, the lagers need to be kept for several weeks at cold temperatures.
Ales are the older, well-known brews of the world, while lagers are newer to the brewing scene. A real old-timer is the Old Chub Scotch Ale, a cola-colored Scottish style ale brewed with plenty of crystal and chocolate malts, and a small amount of beechwood-smoked malts.
Ales tend to be fruity and aromatic with a strong taste. Popular aromatic ales include Vampire Pale Ale Belgium and Fever Tree Ginger Ale. While Vampire Pale has a powerful aroma with 7 % alcohol content, Fever Tree Ginger contains fruit sugars and a unique mix of natural gingers.
Due to cooler fermentation and aging temperatures, lagers are produced with a cleaner and lighter taste without the presence of fruity aromas. With a refreshing taste that is ideal for drinking at any time, Estrella Damm Barcelona Lager is one of the popular lagers that stands out for its creamy hops-flavored froth. Its high quality is because of the finest selection of raw materials and the diligent brewing process.
Another good quality lager, namely, Erdinger Oktoberfest Hefeweizen, a German beer is brewed using all natural ingredients and pours with a big, white-colored foam.
4. Store it upright - Store a beer upright so that the yeast presses down, to the bottom of the bottle. Also, little amount of beer is exposed, thus slowing its oxidation.
5. How to Pour a Beer Correctly - A perfect pour lets a beer display all of its wonderful characteristics. Hold the glass at 45 degrees, pour the beer at the midpoint of the glass and tilt it upright as you finish pouring till there. Top it off with 1/2-inch to 1 1/2-inch Head.
6. Health Value - Besides being a delicious alcoholic beverage, beer with its rich composition of vitamins and silicone has myriad health benefits. It helps prevent severe ailments like cancer and Alzheimer’s. Also, moderate consumption of beer helps to reduce cholesterol levels and thus to keep the heart healthy.
7. Beer Tsunami (1814) - It is indeed true that too much can be too much! In the year 1814, an industrial disaster in London sent a 15-foot high beer tsunami sweeping through the streets, when a brewery tank containing 3500 barrels of beer burst. The tidal wave of beer demolished two houses and killed nine people.
8. The World’s Strongest Beer - The name of this Scottish beer is Brewmeister “Snake Venom“. While regular beer usually has about 5% alcohol content, this one has 67.5% alcohol content.
9. Swim in Beer! - Tarrenz in Austria is now home to the world's first beer swimming pools. The seven 13 feet (each) beer-filled pools are part of the Schloss Starkenberger brewery. These pools are known for their health benefits as the beer’s calcium and vitamins soften the skin and heal skin conditions. Also, the beer baths increase blood circulation and the hops have a calming effect on both body and soul. Visitors are allowed to sip fresh glasses of beer while bathing. However, they are prohibited from drinking the pool beer, because of the heat, and also due to it being crowded with sweaty people.
On reading up such useful as well as bubbly facts about beer, you’d have most certainly enriched your beer knowledge. There is indeed a lot of hard work put into that beer you are holding. Knowing more about it would only make you appreciate its glory.
The next time you sip beer with friends, talk about everything related to beer, right from the water content to the marijuana connection and still further, about taking a dip in a beer pool!